The ISEE vs. The HSPT Admissions Tests

Even in middle school, a student’s time might not wholly be one’s own. Preparing for two exams could hinder the student’s schoolwork and extracurricular activities. The question then boils down to: “With limited time, on which test should one focus one's attention?”  Below, we provide some considerations. In Essence The ISEE, Independent School Entrance Exam, is likely required by non-Catholic schools [...]

By |2019-08-23T11:09:35-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

An Academic Timeline from PreK to College

For first time parents, the unknowns about academic deadlines can be stress inducing. In this section, we aim to alleviate some of that stress by alerting you to potential milestones for which you may want to prepare. Conversely, we hope that by knowing when major deadlines are, you won't over prepare and stress out months or even years before [...]

By |2019-08-07T22:28:48-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

How to Choose a New School

Systematically evaluating and comparing the many school options in Houston is a daunting task, especially when each child and family emphasizes different criteria. In this section, we introduce the categories that we used in researching the schools profiled here. Please remember that the most important criteria—your child’ s fit and happiness— cannot be quantified in the pages that follow. [...]

By |2019-08-07T21:43:52-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

All About the Houston Magnet School Lottery

From a parent’s perspective, the HISD magnet application process can be quite daunting, and even a little scary. However you can navigate the process with ease if you know what to expect. In this section, we provide guidance on every aspect of the magnet and Vanguard magnet application process. ​ IT'S A LOTTERY There’s one key difference between private school admissions and [...]

By |2019-08-09T15:31:54-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Overview

Scholastic Testing Service’s HSPT is an admissions test for entry into Catholic high schools. The HSPT contains five multiple-choice sections: Verbal Quantitative Skills Reading Mathematics Language Skills Depending on the school, the HSPT might also feature an optional section covering Science, Mechanical Aptitude or Catholic Religion. The optional test is not included in the composite score from the HSPT and not every school chooses [...]

By |2019-08-07T21:40:37-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Private School Application Process Overview

In this article, we provide advice for starting the private school application process. In general, start the process early, keep your child’s happiness in mind, and talk with as many people as possible. The Application Form Most of the private schools in Houston post application forms to each school’s individual website, while a few private schools release paper applications upon request. As with colleges, [...]

By |2019-08-07T17:56:31-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Lessons Learned from Experienced Parents

General Academic interviewed the parents of both private and public school students to more completely understand the applications gauntlet from those who had already been through the process. These parents were our clients at the time and represent a broad range of backgrounds. For example, we talked to a mother who was born and raised in Houston and another [...]

By |2019-08-07T17:13:23-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Introduction to Homeschooling

Not every child will be successful or happy in a traditional classroom environment. For these students, alternative education curriculums such as Montessori, individualized, and home schooling may be better options. Although Montessori school techniques can vary widely from school to school, this teaching method generally strives to offer a comparatively more nurturing and holistic learning environment than strictly score [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:19:39-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

Choosing a Preschool, What to Consider

Some of you have only recently embarked upon the interesting adventure that is parenthood. Others among you already have children in the school system, but still have younger ones barely out of diapers. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a veteran, though, choosing a preschool for your tots can be difficult. Fortunately, we’re here to help. In this section, [...]

By |2019-08-07T17:12:50-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice, Private Schools, Public Schools|0 Comments

Balancing Extracurricular Activities with Academics

Many of us structure our days by prioritizing so that we create a healthy balance among work, school, friends, family, exercise, sleep, etc. As adults, we have had a few more years of practice balancing our lives. Kids, however, have not quite learned how to structure their days to create the healthiest set-up for themselves. That is the job [...]

By |2019-08-07T16:02:49-05:00August 7th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments
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